BICC St VINCENT INTERNATIONAL
Vincent International is the fourth International race in the BICC
The town of St Vincent, or to be more accurate St Vincent-de-Tyrosse,
situated in the far south west of France, near the Bay of Biscay coast
between the better known towns of Dax and Bayonne. If there is any hint
in the wind, then this site gives the British pigeons the best of all
opportunities to excel, as it is probably the most westerly location in
International race programme. The 2013 event saw a total of 215 British
competing against an International field of 10,944 birds entered from
was liberated at 8.00 am BST into clear skies and a light north
along the length of the course in France. Could there be
International race winner into the British Isles?
Conditions certainly gave the small British contingent a gentle nudge
west coast of France
the Bay of Biscay.
question on all participants lips was "Could there be a UK
clocked on the day ?" The distance to the shorter flyers on the south
coast would be around 500 miles so a pigeon that was prepared to put in
14 hour shift could conceivably get to its home loft on the day.
my crystal ball malfunctioned badly in this race as there were only
clocked on the day in main land Europe from a 25,000 bird entry and the
birds in the UK
didn't arrive until late morning on the second day. First to verify was
President John Tyerman and this brave pigeon was soon to be overtaken
result by one flying to the Reigate, Surrey
loft of Doug Gatland. The Gatland pigeon was at the top of the leader
a while only to be overtaken by a real battler of a pigeon racing to
the by now
world famous partnership of Vince and Dave Padfield way out west in the
Welsh mining village of Cwmtillery. Not far behind the Padfield's timer
another pigeon to the Cwmtillery partnership of Henry, brother Colin
John and Leigh Preece. These two lofts are only 200 yards apart and the
competition between the two families is red hot on race days. Both
been in fine form again this season and are rarely absent from the list
prize winners when the race is long and hard.
Padfield brothers, Dave and Vince, have won I believe SEVEN Nationals
Wales at distances of 600 miles and this season alone they have won 1st
2nd Welsh National Tarbes and followed this up two weeks later with 1st
6th & 7th Welsh SRNFC and 27th,33rd,52nd & 88th Open NFC Tarbes
to these performances 8th Open BICC Barcelona and 3rd Open BICC Tours
have the evidence of a loft in "red hot" form. The brothers usually
race their birds on round about system for the middle part of the
season and re
mate the birds in the lead up to the long distance Nationals. However,
season because of the cold spring the birds were a little behind
their preparation and so the brothers decided to leave the birds on the
about system for most of the old bird campaign with devastating
pigeons that have achieved these phenomenal results in marathon races
basically of Jan Aarden origin with a strong influence of the birds of
fancier Wim Muller.
Vincent winner is a five year old chequer cock which was re mated a
basketting for St Vincent. As a
result he was
sent driving to nest and enjoyed an open loft from dawn to dusk in
which to do
so. His hen laid the day after basketting so he was ultra keen as you
imagine when packed off to race home from south west France. Vince and
not carry out any pre season training this year and jumped the race
team into a
110 mile race in late April as their first taste of the basket this
St Vincent cock was then sent to
Cholet and BICC Pau International where he was the second bird home to
taking 70th Open BICC. The birds have access to hoppers filled with
at all times and this is supplemented with
a high fat and seed mixture fed individually in the nest boxes
birds are being prepared for certain target races. I have no further
the breeding of this latest long distance winner as Dave was on holiday
when he phoned
me and promised to email details. Unfortunately these have not arrived
to be included with this report.
after leading the field for so long during the day was Doug Gatland of
in Surrey and this is what Doug has to say of his time in the sport:-
am 41 and married with two young sons aged 8 and 10 years, and 2013 is
season racing the birds. When I first started I wanted to fly and win
race but these days I prefer to focus on 500 mile day races and being a
team fancier I like to set the birds up for 1 or 2 target races each
other races are considered as training. My last 500 mile race was the
International in 2010 when I sent my single entry with the NFC to be
the day to win 20th open. During the winter of 2010 we moved house and
started again with ybs in 2011, 2012 saw little racing due to illness
is my first season proper since moving and I started with 12 cocks and
to race and have lost just 1 yearling cock in the preparation races
to the target weekend of the 12th July.
I sent 5 pigeons to the St Vincent International in my first ever race
BICC ( I joined to fly St Vincent!)
bird is a two year old Blue chequer hen containing the bloodlines of
wegen, Jan Aarden and Wim Muller. Her sire is a home bred son of
a winner of 11th and 24th Open BBC San Sebastion and now sire and
sire of many distance winners. Dam was bred by Duncan Harvey of St
and is a
daughter of 40th Open NFC San Sebastion. She has been a very consistent
and is always in the first few birds to the loft. Preparation for St
was 3 inland races followed by 5 channel races through to Cholet 280
miles. She was then repaired and
left in the loft until she had been sitting 5 days when she was given a
of tosses with the young birds prior to a 134mile inland race as a
days before basketing. She was sent feeding a pair of 2 day old babies
been flown on widowhood during her preparation. I had 2 from 5 birds
the winning day with my second bird a 2yr old blue cock returning at
after I had left for clock checking.
I would like to thank my two friends Calum Edmiston and Darran McFadden
their help and support this year, how strange that all three of us have
been 2nd Open BICC in international races in 2013, we must be the three
Brothers & sons again from the small mining village of Cwmtillery
come in next at 2nd & 5th west section 3rd & 17th Open. John
writes the following:-
TIMED A 3YR BLUE PIED ROUNDABOUT HEN,BRIANS GIRL SHE HAD THREE
THEN WAS SENT TO TWO SHORT CHANNEL RACES WITH THE BICC THEN INTO PAU WITH THE
BICC SHE WAS
OUR SECOND TIMER ARRIVING ON THE SECOND DAY . WE THEN PREPARED HER FOR
RACE HAVING 1 HOUR EXERCISE MORNING AND NIGHT WITH THE REST OF
ABOUT HENS , THE HENS ARE KEPT ON A LAYER OF PLASTIC BALLS TO TRY AND
FROM PAIRING. WE ALSO HAVE A FEW HENS BOXES IN THEIR PARTING , THIS HEN
THE LAST WEEK IN BETWEEN EXERCISE IN ONE OF THESE BOXES AS SHE HAD
AMOROUS WITH OTHER HENS.THEY ARE FED EXACTLY THE SMAE AS THE COCKS,
MUCH AS THEY WANT MORNING AND NIGHT WITH TWO WIDOWOOD MIXES AND THEN
WITH A FEW SUNFLOWER SEEDS BEFORE THEIR BIG RACE.
IS THE NEST SISTER TO OUR FIRST BIRD OUT OF TARBES.
BEING CH GWASTED BENONI( PODEROSA MULLER X ALUN MAULL VAN GEEL).
7TH WSR NATIONAL INCLUDING ONLY BIRD ON THE DAY WITH THE WSR
DAM WAS LOANED TO US BY OUR GOOD FRIENDS P,W, B HYATT FROM TEWKESBURY,
BEEN 3RD CS CLASSIC PAU
FOR THE HYATT FAMILY .
SECOND BIRD WAS A GIFT FROM MR DOWELLE OF WILTS WHO HENRY MET AT FROME
STATION A FEW YEARS AGO, BEING A PURE JOSE THONE.SHE IS CALLED
TEACUP AS WHEN HE GAVE HER TO US HE SAID "THESE AINT NO MUGS."
HAD EXACTLY THE SAME PREPARATION AS THE OTHER HEN ONLY SHE WAS OUR
THE BICC. BOTH HENS WENT TO TARBES
LAST YEAR AND HAVE WON A FEW MINOR PRIZES IN OTHER CHANNEL
RACES BEFORE THIS.
WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE DAVE AND VINCE PADFIELD ON ANOTHER GREAT
AND THEIR TOTAL DEDICATION TO LONG DISTANCE RACING."
Knox of Tyler's Hill near Canterbury
comes in with one of his Kirkpatricks at 4th Open. Bill's timer is a 2
Red Chequer Cock that has flown Vire as a young bird with the LSEC
four channel races in 2012 and this season Cannappeville, Pithviers
more EECC channel races before going to St Vincent
sitting 18 day eggs. He is mainly
Kirkpatrick Stanraer Simon bloodlines as his dam was bred by J
Coxhoe, with a cross of Paul Woolliss' Van Wanroys on the sire's side
Bill clocked another two birds for 37th & 47th Open.
Lee and Dad
Buddle come in with six birds to take 5th,9th,28th,49th, 51st &
what Lee has to say about the race:-
bird in the clock (prov 5th
Open) is a 2010 Cock that has previously flown BICC Pau
weeks previous in which he was our first bird being clocked on the day
winning 16th ES, 30th Open 545 miles.. He is now named "Tom" in
memory of my wife Amy's grandfather Tom who sadly passed away today the
the race .
He is a
very well bred being a direct son
of our 1st & 2nd Open BICC Pau International
"Amoy" & "BC".
second birds (prov 9th Open) is a 2009
hen that has previously won 40th Open BICC Agen 2011 481
77th Open BICC St Vincent 2012 531 miles. She is a Grand-daughter of
breeding and racing hen "Buddy" through her sire's side and her
dam is a Direct Daughter of Mr & Mrs P Fauchon "Cracknut" winner
of 1st Open BICC Barcelona 2005.
third in the clock is a first timer to
International racing as she is a 2011 hen, her sire was bred by GC
Cooper and is a double G-Son of their top breeder and racer "Farm
boy", the sire is also a full brother to "Farmer George" 1st
International Bordeaux 2011. Her Dam is a daughter of M G Mitchell's
"Dutch Hen" 1st BICC Saran, 2nd BICC Perpignan, 8th BICC Tarbes
are fed Verselle-Laga Superstar Plus
with a little Best all rounder added. Sunflower and Hemp are also given
moderation in the evenings.
birds have come back in super condition
considering the heat and the North East head wind they had to battle
done to the Padfields on a top
performance and also to Doug Gatland on 2nd open and all else who
in a very testing race."
and Catherine Cooper
"Wriggleson" a three year old widowhood cock to win 3rd sect. 6th
National St Vincent. His preparation for this race was a couple
races then in May BICC Alencon where he was 6th National. Next race for
BICC Tours where he was 69th Open followed by Saintes with the WESRC,
weekends off and basketed for St Vincent on the Monday.
Sire is "Wriggler" who won 1st National Falaise, 5th National Dax
plus many prizes in the top 1% of National races. His Dam is a
of the Cooper's top breeder George, who won 1st Grand National Tarbes
sire and grandsire to many top birds including 1st and 2nd
Bordeaux. Geoff and Catherine's other timers finished at 18th,20th,26th
President John Tyerman clocked the first bird into the UK and
gallant pigeon eventually finished at 7th Open. This is what John has
about his pigeon:-
7 year old hen blue chequer hen is from my old
based family that I have cultivated for over 30 years. She has
channel many times winning several previous BICC positions
in distance racing. Normally she would have been
but was looking so well I thought she could have a go at Barcelona
but she did not lay in time so I sent her to St
instead and she was sitting around 12 days at time of basketting. This
she had around 6 hours flying time from Alencon with the
then a similar time on the wing from the NFC Messac
a few weeks previously. She also had a 60
from Kent a
before being sent to St Vincent. She
grand daughter from my 'Dorking Supreme' hen who won 20th NFC Pau
22nd LSECC Pau and she also contains the bloodlines of my 'Barcelona
won 5th BICC Barcelona, 7th BICC Barcelona and 15th BICC Perpignan.
has also bred me some good pigeons and out of interest she is
dam of my Blue Ch Hen that won lst prize and £800 in
recent "Barcelona Challenge" race flying 625 miles
to John McGee's International lofts at Hernicourt in
My birds are mainly kept natural but sometimes I do split them
fly them celibate for a a few weeks during the season.
feed mainly Gem Royal corn and this year it was supplemented by a
Marriman's mix. I would like to say well done to my
friends Vince and Dave Padfield who are having a dream season
nice to see Doug Gatland back in the fold. My thanks to Albi
always take my birds to the Ash marking"
What a hard race!!!!!
8th Open is chequer cock racing to the
Hampshire loft of Mr & Mrs Morrie Newman. Morrie also clocked a
pigeon, a red cock, to take provisionally 13th Open, both cocks being
the natural system sitting eggs and feeding a big youngster. The Newman
live a semi wild life as they enjoy an open loft from dawn to dusk
going as they please. The food is GEM Irish mixture fed in a hopper so the birds can take what they like
when they like. Water is provided in an 8 litre reservoir drinker which
changed once weekly. The main bloodlines are Jimmy Shepherd Southwells
supplemented with George Stubbs' Barcelona Family , Jock Reid's
distance racers and the ever reliable Spangles. The sire of the first
clock has won 2nd sect 6th Open BICC from
Narbonne and amongst Morrie's top performances over the years has been
2 x 1st Barcelona,2
x 2nd Palamos/Barcelona and 2 x 2nd BBC Rennes.
It was a
real pleasure speaking with Morrie - a
fancier of the old school and a bit of a character as well.
Brothers of High Littleton come in at 10th Open. This partnership have
famous for long distance racing in the west of England
for many years. The
original partnership consisted of two brothers, Trosky and Harry.
Harry died suddenly Trosky's son Rob became a partner. Since then
have achieved many impressive results at 500+ miles, including 1st 3rd
Classic Pau and in Trosky's last year of racing they won the beautiful
Dix trophy in the National Flying Club. Since Trosky passed away
carried on racing the pigeons. This is his first year of
competing in the Internationals with the BICC and he was 8th section
National from Barcelona and now is 4th
and 10th National from St Vincent.
timed a four year old widowhood chequer cock named "Journey
Man". He is called "Journey Man" as he has raced and
scored from most French race points with the National and Classic clubs.
is from Geoff Cooper bloodlines, Geoff gifted Rob a half brother to the
and this has bred Rob many successful pigeons.
Turner from Dover,
an ever present in BICC International race results, got one of his
long distance team for 11th Open . Mark
Gilbert is in at 12th Open to maintain the Gilbert loft's terrific form
this season. Mark clocked further birds to take 22nd,23rd,27th
to record a fine team performance.
& son enjoyed an excellent season with the BICC in 2012 and here at
St Vincent they finish at 14th Open
with their first in
the clock and followed this up with further birds to take
Open. The partners sent their 2year olds
for their first BICC International - a baptism
of fire to be sure. The first bird
timed has had 3 channel races with EECC in 2013 taking 9 hours +in each
them. She arrived home at 3 18 in the heat of the day, very thirsty but
Steve Pearmain commented that in his opinion
"all the birds timed today in the BICC are a credit to the
who conditioned them". Too true Steve.
Mitchell is there once again with a timer at 15th Open and what a
celibate hen has. Just look at this list of performances:-
my first pigeon. a Blue Hen.
,All the results are for B I C C
2009 Perpignan 16th
2011 Pau 33rd
Tarbes/Agen 15th Open.
St Vincent 55th Open
Geoff and Clayton Preece
take 16th Open with a really
terrific long distance racer named "Wiggins". This three year old
widowhood cock is another pigeon with a lot of previous:-
2011 10th Open BICC pau
as a yearling.
2012 10th Open BICC Pau;39th
Open BICC St Vincent and topped the season off with 1st Open BICC
2013 31st Open BICC Pau and
now 16th Open BICC St Vincent.
Wiggins is bred from a
pair of birds obtained from Bill
Woodall of Stoffel Hermes and Marseille Star lines going back to Bill's
Dragon's Boy 1st Open BICC Barcelona winner.
At the time of
this report there is only one bird home in the North section to the
loft of Joe Mayes whose parents Sheila and Richard topped the North
the BICC in this year's Pau International race. Joe clocked ablue hen
his parents closely related to their 1st North section winner in the
International this year. She was sent sitting week old eggs. Joe asked
thank Chris Laster of Marlborough
for all his help and advice and would like to dedicate his section win
late Arthur Claxton who died a short time ago and whose funeral took
finish report I have now obtained details of two gallant
birds that returned to their loft in the North section from the recent
Barcelona International race. Both birds, a cock and a hen which were
together homed to the Patrington, Hull
loft of former BICC Marseille winner Trevor Robinson. This is what
find brief details of my 1st and
2nd North section Barcelona
birds. Both birds were mated together for this race - making it simpler
prepare them. 1st section is a three year old blue chequer cock bred
Emiel Denys cock bird purchased at Blackpool.
The dam was a gift bird given to me by L.Ph. Hoogervorst of Holland. As
bird it had three races of 100 miles, as a yearling one race at 100
over the channel at 320 miles, as a two year old eight races to 200
four over the channel at 320 to 470 miles.
three inland to 200 mile but came back
with its chest ripped open, it was then stitched up, rested, then given
mile races, then into Barcelona,
sat 14 days.
section bird, a blue chequer hen, bred
from a cock bird gifted from Jim Emerton of York, and a hen with the De Barcelona
Aarden lines. This hen had flown the channel 14 times including
2011 and 2012, I felt it had one more effort to get in the results from
Barcelona, so it had three 100 mile club races, then a 35 mile toss
for the last four weeks, then into Barcelona, 854 miles.
racing is to me not about glory, but a
personal satisfaction of seeing the end result. My partner, Margaret,
myself, will always remember this week". The details of an incredible
performance at the extreme distance. Congratulations Trevor on winning
Emerton Trophy for the Longest Flying Pigeon in Race time from Barcelona.
another International race done and
dusted and a really stern test it proved to be. However,
the leading birds can be found right accross
the width of the club's radius from Cwmtillery in the west through
Avon, Somerset, Surrey and Hampshire to
in the East. You can't get a fairer dispersal of leading pigeons than
the winners of the west, centre and east sections all featuring in the
of the result.
hour cometh the man/men and pigeon.
Congratulations to Vince and Dave Padfield on
another outstanding display of long distance pigeon racing. You
the House of Aarden youngster kindly sponsored by Steve and Lesley
Congratulations also to all the other fanciers
who took up the challenge of International racing and prevailed. Next
Marseille. Good luck to all who compete.
The multi 600 mile National winning brothersDave and Vince Padfield Prov 1st Open BICC StVincent
GB08N73309 1st open BICC St Vincent for the Padfield family
AlanTurner [L]prov 11th Open BICC St Vincent and Bill Knox prov 4th Open BICC St Vincent
BrooksBros 10th OpenStVincent-photo shows Rob Brooks with his late father Trosky holding the Oliver Dix Trophy won with the NFC
Dickie Pearmain with prov 14th Open BICC StVincent
Doug Gatland 2nd Open BICC StVincent
Geoff Rob Fleur
Joe Mayes 1st North section BICC StVincent
John Tyerman and grand son Jimmy with 7th Open BICC St Vincent
Lee & Kevin Buddle with some of their BICC Trophies
Preece Bros & sons provisionally 3rd Open BICC St Vincent